Two degrees of separation

I rode into Newcastle the other day with Peter. As we were going through Wheeler Place I saw a lot of interesting looking bikes and wanted to stop to take photos of them …As we were admiring this one with its gold trim, and unusual bell, its owner, Stuart, came out and talked to us, it turns out he has read both our blogs (two degrees of separation, not six, in Newcastle). So while they were chatting about some problems Stuart was having with his latest restoration project, I wandered off and got a pic of this Giant Cypress…

Its owner told me she had the mudguards, rack and basket added as extras and she uses it all the time, it is a later model than mine and very nice looking with its swoopy frame.

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3 Responses to Two degrees of separation

  1. Stuart says:

    The unusual bell is of St. Christopher, keeping me safe where ever I go.

  2. Vicki says:

    Thanks for the extra info on it Stuart, it was an eye catcher, and great to meet you that day. I hope to see you around one day on the Raleigh you are working on.

  3. Hasan says:

    I’m ambivalent about the whole green lane thing. On the plus side they serve to renmid motorists that there are cyclists using the road. On the minus side, they create a false sense of security for cyclists (especially when the green lane has cross-hatching, such as the Wickham example on the NCM site: how many people actually understand what this means?). I also think that the green lanes tend to be used in places where competing road use isn’t an issue. By this I mean that green lanes generally appear on wider stretches of road (the MarketTown example is an exception) where there is likely to be less dispute about sharing the road. But where there are real space issues, there are no green lanes, at least none that I’m aware of. The worst example for me (one that endure almost daily) is the stretch of Donald Street after the rail bridge heading in to Hamilton, next to Aldi. There’s a section of road which is marked with a solid line and is used by parked cars; then, almost as an afterthought, a painted cycle. Drivers expect cyclists to remain inside the solid line but this puts the cyclist in a vulnerable position re car doors being opened. (There’s a vets on that road and the number of times I’ve had distracted pet owners getting dogs and cats out of cars is almost without number!)

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